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Category: Professional Development

Manitoba Libraries: Supporting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Workshop Series

Posted in Board, Library Technicians, Membership, Professional Development, and Trustees

Attention members! Another great training opportunity for you!

These workshop sessions will be presented by Laurelle Harris, Equitable Solutions

March 4, 2024 (10 am – 12 pm via Zoom) Introduction to +Anti-racism and Equity

March 18, 2024 (10 am – 12 pm via Zoom) The Library as a Site for Social Justice – Putting It All Together: Supporting Equity

Training is FREE for MLA members – there is an option to sign up for membership to get the training for free – otherwise it is $20 per person/per session.

Attendance at both sessions is *strongly* encouraged.
Register here:

*Financially Supported by:

Accessible Information & Communication Legislation Information Workshop and Q&A

Posted in Library Technicians, Membership, Professional Development, and Trustees

This upcoming workshop and Q&A will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (10:30-11:30am)

The session is free of charge and will be presented/recorded on Zoom

As we get closer to the Accessible Information & Communication Deadline for Libraries, are you slowly freaking out? Need some helpful guidance and tips to let you know it’s all going to be alright? Need someone to answer your questions like, right now?

You’re in luck!
Join Monika Bonsor (Manitoba Accessibility Compliance Secretariat), Meagan Richards (Public Library Services), and Clint Curle (South Interlake Regional Library) for an informative session to help you and your library be compliant and ready come May 1, 2024.

This will be a useful session for library staff, library board members, and library trustees.

Please submit questions ahead of time when you sign up using this Google Form.

Contact Kirsten Wurmann, Program Coordinator, Manitoba Library Association ( for more information.

Better, Faster, Stronger: Making Your Library Practices More Efficient Through the Lean Approach

Posted in Membership, and Professional Development

Join the Education Institute (EI) for a conversation about Lean methodology and how it applies in every size library for any audience.

At its core, Lean is about leveraging the knowledge of staff to break down current practices and processes, and replace them with simpler, more efficient changes that require less effort. Best of all, adopting a Lean approach can lead to large time and even money-saving results. Discover how to benefit from the ‘less work, higher impact’ model!

Date & Time:
This is a two-part virtual workshop.
Part One – Monday, June 19 @ 2PM – 4PM ET
Part Two – Monday, June 26 @ 2PM – 4PM ET
Learning Objectives:
  • Gain a high-level understanding of Lean Methodology;
  • Learn how foundational lean principles, such as continuous improvement and huddles, can be applied in your library;
  • Identify library-specific areas and processes that have streamlining potential and see practical examples and applications.

Webinar + Online Breakout Sessions (Please note: space is limited to 60 spots.)

Amanda French, Manager, Social Development (TPL); Lean Green Belt; ProSci Certified Change Management Specialist
Kenneth Leung, Lean Program Manager; Lean Master Black Belt, Professional Engineer, ProSci Change Management Certified

As a member of the Manitoba Library Association, you qualify for the EI membership rates.
Register today!

Call for Members – Intellectual Freedom Committee

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development

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CFLA/FCAB’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is searching for THREE new members.  We welcome nominations from CFLA/FCAB member associations and self-nominations from members of CFLA/FCAB member associations. Once appointed to the Committee, the responsibility of members is to the Committee, not to the nominating body.

Call for Proposals – 50th Annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU)

Posted in Conference, and Professional Development

The 2023 Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) marks the 50th conference devoted to teaching and learning in libraries.

Presenters and attendees from Canada and beyond meet to discuss information literacy as it continuously evolves in various library settings.

The Program Committee invites proposals for the 50th edition of WILU hosted at McGill University located in Montreal, Québec, Canada from May 16 to 19, 2023.

Proposal requirements

Each proposal must contain:

  1. Name and e-mail address of primary contact
  2. Names and affiliations of other presenters
  3. Title and abstract (for the program should your proposal be accepted, up to 100 words)
  4. Description
    1. Presentation – up to 350 words
    2. Workshop – up to 500 words (include learning outcomes and active learning strategies)
    3. Panel discussion – up to 350 words

Proposals will be accepted until Monday, December 5, 2022 at midnight. Please note that presentations can be in English or in French.

To find out more check out the link here!

If you have questions or comments, please contact us at 

Webinar – International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

Posted in Professional Development

The Manitoba Accessibility Office and Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association are pleased to be co-hosting a free virtual webinar “IDPD 2022:  United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, via Zoom Platform.

To register for the webinar:  IDPD 2022: UN CRPD

Prior to the IDPD Webinar, you will receive an email with the Zoom Access Information in order to participate.

The webinar will begin with an overview of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provided by Steven Estey, who is a leading Canadian expert on the Convention.  Mr. Estey has advanced disability rights for over three decades through his work with disability and human rights organizations, government, and United Nations agencies.

Mr. Estey’s overview will set the stage for a panel discussion about the significance of the Convention to Manitoba, with a focus on areas of concern to our panelists:

  • Diane Driedger
  • Justine Kiwanuka
  • Mary Lavigne
  • Carrie Pacey

Topics will include accessibility, employment, healthcare, and equal representation before the law.

The panelists’ diverse experience includes living with visible and invisible disabilities, alongside their unique perspectives as women of settler, immigrant, Métis and Indigenous roots.

For more information, please visit:

CFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is Searching for New Members

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development

CFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is searching for four new members.  We welcome nominations from CFLA member associations and interested individuals who are members of a CFLA/FCAB member association. Once appointed to the Committee, the responsibility of members is to the Committee, not to the nominating body.

Call for Expressions of Interest!

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development

Call for Expressions of Interest to represent CFLA-FCAB on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing

The CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee (CMSC) is seeking expressions of interest in representing CFLA-FCAB on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (CCC). One CFLA-FCAB position is currently open and CMSC would like to have someone in place for September 1, 2022. The appointment will be for a three-year term ending August 31, 2025.

Survey – Manitoba Libraries and Serving Those Experiencing Homelessness

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development


In January 2022 Manitoba Library Association was invited by Manitoba Department of Families to review the discussion paper Developing Manitoba’s Homelessness Strategy and attend a strategy call. MLA provided feedback to the Department of Families on the role that libraries play as community hubs for connecting all users, including users experiencing homelessness, to information resources that they require to support their cultural, social, and economic well being. The Department of Families has since developed the What We Heard report from their consultations.